Heather A. Nunneker, Daily Sentinel Special
The Boonville Concert Band has announced several upcoming performances at the Lower Pavilion in Erwin Park, off Route 12.
The group, made up of accomplished instrumentalists from a vast area surrounding Boonville, will play at 7 p.m. on the following Friday nights: July 15, July 22, August 5 and August 19.
Spectators are advised to bring lawn chairs. The concerts are free and open to the public, although donations are still accepted and appreciated, organizers said, adding that proceeds will go to the continuation of the band.
Renowned local musician and educator Martin Ischia will return to the podium this year, leading the band through his varied program of patriotic tunes, folk melodies and musical medleys.
Among the pieces featured this season are:
‘Le Florentinier’ by Julius Fucik – The march, described as a ‘Grande marcia Italiana’, was written in 1907. Fucik, known as ‘The Bohemian Sousa’, wrote hundreds of works, including marches , masses, chamber music and operettas. .
The Boonville Concert Band will celebrate the Broadway revival of “The Music Man” by performing “Selections From
the Music Man”, including “Seventy-Six Trombones”, “Till There Was You” and
“The Wells Fargo wagon.”
‘Instant Concert’ by Harold Walters – The work uses 30 well-known melodies and condenses them into a performance of three minutes and ten seconds. Listeners are encouraged to see if they can identify each track.
As a bonus, the Boonville Concert Band will have the 2020 recipient of the Boonville Concert Band
Fellowship guest leads a number. Sam Pohoreskey, a 2020 graduate of Adirondack Central School, will conduct John Phillip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Pohoreskey, a student
to the community of Onondaga
College, is eagerly awaiting his directorial debut with the band, according to band officials.
The band is co-led by O’Neil, band director at Adirondack High School, and Nunneker, vocal director at Adirondack High School. Sound is provided by Mitch Maryhugh, retired pool and audio visual director at Adirondack High School.
The group is sponsored in part by the Kenneth V. and Jeannette Remp Sawyer Community Fund of the Northern New York Community Foundation.